BURKINA FASO – A long road to walk to enjoy a “right”

Alice is a school student in Ouagadougou. Three years ago, she was raped at school by two of her classmates and became pregnant. She sought help from the school’s Health Officer and had a clandestine abortion. Since then, however, she … Continued

INDIA – Courts and medical reports are not the answer

According to an article in the Lancet of December 2015, 15.6 million abortions occurred in India, of which 73% were sought outside health facilities, despite India having a very liberal abortion law. In 2017, in what was considered a landmark … Continued

BRAZIL – The turbulence in Brazil continues

As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.

THAILAND – Nurse charged with running an illegal abortion clinic

A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district. The woman, who is aged 56, previously worked as nurse in private hospitals in the district. She was apprehended in her apartment around 9.30pm … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – … while Northern Irish women are at Supreme Court challenging an even more outdated law

    On 24 October, the UK Supreme Court began a three-day hearing on an application from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, which argues that criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland in the case of rape, incest and serious … Continued

INDIA – Rape survivors’ right to abortion: Are doctors listening?

  This article is a compelling analysis of the problematic role of doctors in India in dealing with the need for abortion following rape and sexual abuse, in the context of the abortion law and the role of the courts. … Continued

INDIA – Need an abortion: join the long march to the Supreme Court in Delhi

  The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.   On 25 August, … Continued

UK – Another anti-abortion case goes up to the European Court of Human Rights

  An anti-abortion Christian group has supported an individual woman to file a claim in the European Court of Human Rights after she failed in a private prosecution to force the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute two pro-choice doctors. … Continued

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child … Continued

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